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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I was born in Texas and grew up in Southern California. I moved to Utah last July with my husband to explore, work, and put some roots down.

I’m a freelance graphic designer, working in web, print, and information design. I’ve been on my own with my own clients for a year now and I’ve absolutely LOVED the freedom and room for extra creativity. I like how I have time to branch out of designing with my computer and experiment with clothing/toy/and textile design.

A collection of her clever dolls. See all of them and the rest of her work here!

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing last September, when my mom gave me an ancient White sewing machine. I had a couple sewing lessons with my mother-in-law and then just went crazy with it.

Shortly afterward, I took on the task of making couples Halloween costumes for my husband and I, which were a hit. That would have to be my favorite project so far because of how many laughs we got. I spent a lot of time making my Pocahontas costume accurate to the Disney character’s and about…oh, 40 minutes constructing my husband’s very poorly! We also cut up a long, curly blonde wig into a terrible, disgusting choppy hair-do for him, so he sorta looked like a disheveled, washed up John Smith. During the party, he decided to dance his signature dance and ended up splitting his pants right down the middle, which was the icing on the cake.

Describe your personal style in 5 words or less!
Classic, clean, bold, feminine.

Baby ellohdesign, in her tomboy phase

Do you have a style icon who inspires your sewing projects? Where do you go to get inspired?
My style icon would definitely be Francoise Hardy. I love her very feminine tomboy look and how easily she seemed to wear whatever she was wearing. I get a lot of inspiration from Jenny Gordy of Wikstenmade, The Sartorialist, and BurdaStyle. I usually tune into fashion, sewing, plush, and design blogs to get pumped about creating. I also like going to my local fabric stores to see what sets off a little spark in my mind.

Her collection of inspiring images

What time of year do you find yourself most creative?
Probably during winter since there are more holidays to make decorations and holiday outfits for. Christmas also lends itself to many handmade gifts. This winter has been pretty cold, so I’ve spent much more time indoors, thinking up new projects.

Adorable handmade gifts. See the rest of her work here!

What’s your sewing experience like?
I currently do all of my sewing right in the space where our dining room table WOULD be. I’ve taken up a whole wall and already feel like I need more space. But I should be getting my own sewing room and closet very soon.

Music for me is a must. Whether I’m working or sewing, it’s essential to the creative process. If I have a slow work day, I’ll start sewing in the afternoon but I’m usually a night sewer. There has been the occasional morning where I just can’t stop thinking about the current project I’m working on and must start sewing in my jammies. That usually leads to sewing until lunch time, though, even if I promise myself it won’t.

A peek inside ellohdesign’s sewing studio

What is your dream sewing project?
I would love to furnish my whole house in pillows, curtains, and reupholstered chairs in my own fabric designs. That is currently my goal for sometime in my lifetime.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle?
I’ve been a member since October 2010. I was looking for dress patterns online and was led somehow to BurdaStyle. I was immediately hooked, probably checking the site for new projects from other members every 4-6 hours and leaving tons of comments. Now, I’m down to about twice a day. I love the amount of inspiration and feedback I can get on this site and how nice it is to connect with other sewers.

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
Well, I’m still a beginner, so I get frustrated when I encounter a pattern that is a little out of my league. But the rewarding part is when I actually finish the garment (which doesn’t always happen) and I understand a new part about how sleeve cuffs, zippers, or waist bands work. Then I can sort of piece together another garment without a pattern from what I’ve learned – and that feels awesome.

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    Sep 12, 2016, 05.35 AMby teamkulango2016

    There is so much that we can do with fashion. That is why people are so engaed in it. – Morgan Exteriors

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    May 7, 2011, 01.15 PMby nettevivante

    Congrats on being featured! <3 Your dolls are so cute and these halloween outfits you made are awesome! Thanks for taking my jacket as one of your favorites. :)

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    May 6, 2011, 02.25 PMby amaydak

    Fun interview and congratulations! Hadn’t seen many of your dolls yet, they’re really great! :)

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    May 5, 2011, 08.54 PMby kate1805

    Wow, I love your style! Plus your fabric collection looks amazing…v envious:)

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    May 5, 2011, 06.54 PMby mystitches

    LOVE the dolls. Congrats on learning to sew and being featured! I’ve been sewing for probably 45 years, and I’ve been making my living at it for the past 15 or so. I still have to pinch myself once in awhile to be sure it’s real! My advice to beginners- get a good basic sewing book and learn the real nitty-gritty stuff. Fitting, grainlines, stitch length, thread types, interfacing, understitching, seam grading, easing, pressing and finishing. Hand stitches! I know, It’s old school, but good basic construction knowledge will kick your designs and finished projects up a notch. good luck!

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      May 5, 2011, 07.57 PMby ellohdesign

      wow 15 years! that’s awesome. thanks for the tips too! congrats on living the dream :)

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    May 5, 2011, 02.01 PMby Internettourist

    Addictive. I am working my first burda pattern (bridesmaid for my wedding). The dresses on here are so interesting. For the last two decades I have sewn mostly Vogue.

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    May 4, 2011, 10.32 PMby mollykatherine

    Great interview! loved the little story about “disheveled John Smith” and congratualtions on being featured! :) yay!

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    May 4, 2011, 01.32 PMby zsyzu

    I love these dolls you made. They are so adorable.

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